Japenese cult artists Horihiro and Ukiyoemon and a number of creatives from the Three Tides Tattoo parlour, have come together with JPS gallery based in Hong Kong for art exhibit, “Modern Art of Floating World”.

Comprising of 70 contemporary artworks inspired by traditional East Asian designs, the collection includes complex illustrations, patterns, and designs across a number of bespoke pieces. Figurines, glass/resin sculptures, and skateboard decks are showcased by Horihiro and Ukiyoemon, and other contributing artists Ganji, Ichibay, Mutsuo, Nami and Horitatsu have works of traditional Ukiyo-e prints fused with modern elements on display.

Ukiyo-e artwork became popular during Japan’s Edo period in the 1600’s and translates to “pictures of the floating world” or “sad troublesome world”. These works are mainly illustrations on woodblocks and early prints often featured women, artisans, and landscapes.

“Modern Art of Floating World” will be exhibited at JPS Gallery until May 18 – if you can’t make it to Hong Kong, check out some captured moments below.

Cover and story images: Titelmedia / Stanley Cheng